The composer and conductor Josep Planells Schiaffino was born in Valencia in 1988. He obtained his Clarinet Diploma at the Conservatori Superior de Música de València and his Composition Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree under the guidance of Arnulf Hermann and Hanspeter Kyburz at the Hochschule für Musik “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin. During this time he also received tuition from Salvatore Sciarrino, Brian Ferneyhough, Wolfgang Rihm, José María Sánchez-Verdú and Mauricio Sotelo. Throughout these years, he obtained support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes, Förderverein of the HfM “Hanns Eisler”, La Caixa/DAAD and the Peter Eötvös Foundation. After his studies he continued to live and work in Berlin as part of the State of Berlin’s Elsa-Neumann-Scholarship. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD at Cambridge University supervised by Richard Causton and funded by an Honorary Vice-Chancellor's Award of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust and a Pigott Doctoral Studentship.
Josep Planells Schiaffino has collaborated with a number of ensembles and orchestras, among them the Basel Sinfonietta, Ensemble Mosaik, Studio MusikFabrik, Zafraan Ensemble, Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra, Remix Ensemble, Sigma Project, Bayerisches Landesjugendorchester, Trio Vibrart, IEMA, Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, WDR Sinfonierochester Köln and the Kritisches Orchester at the Theater Basel, Kölner Philharmonie, Fondation Royaumont, Lucerne Festival, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Fundación Juan March, Rudolf-Oetker-Halle, Bockenheimer Depot, Frankfurt LAB, Auditorio Nacional de España, Festival Mixtur Barcelona, Theaterhaus Stuttgart, Casa da Música Porto and the Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik.
For his music, he has been awarded many distinctions, including the Roche Young Commission of the Lucerne Festival, the New Scenes IV of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the DAAD-Prize, 1st Prize “Vorhof der Völker” Berlin, 3rd Prize in the Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy Hochschulwettbewerb and the 1st Prize in the INJUVE Competition. His commissioned works include a piece for the conducting workshop INTERAKTION, Zafraan Ensemble, Sigma Project and for the Beethoven-Haus Bonn, where he resided as part of the Composer's residence of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes.
As a conductor, Josep Planells Schiaffino has assisted Franck Ollu from 2017 to 2020, with whom he participated in the productions of Rihm's Jakob Lenz at the Staatsoper Berlin (Dir. Andrea Breth), Dusapin's Medea at Salzburg Festspiele and Macbeth Underworld at the Opéra Comique Paris (Dir. Thomas Jolly), with the Deutsche Symphonie Orchester Berlin for the Festival Ultraschall and in the Xenakis' Oresteia at the Theater Basel (Dir. Calixto Bieito), making his opera debut when he conducted two performances in April 2017. He studied with Fred Buttkewitz in Berlin and took part in several master classes with Peter Rundel in Oporto and with Peter Eötvös in Budapest and Munich. 2015 he won the 1st Interpretation Prize in the Hanns Eisler Competition. 2019, he worked with Matthias Pintscher and Heinz Holliger as part of the Lucerne Festival Conducting Fellowship.
Over the last years, he has regularly collaborated with the Ensemble Modern, with whom he has participated in projects such as Story Water (Emanuel Gat Dance) and Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company meets Ensemble Modern by Jacopo Godani. Last season he made his operatic debut in Spain, conducting Die Zauberflöte at the Teatre Principal in Palma de Mallorca. He has recently conducted the Orquesta de Valencia and the Jove Orquestra de la Generalitat Valenciana at the Palau de la Música de Valencia and the Palau de les Arts.
Co-commissioned orchestral work from the WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln and the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España. Spanish premiere on October 29th, 30th and 31st 2021. Auditorio Nacional de Música, Orquesta Nacional de España (Anja Bihlmaier, cond.)
La Invención de Morel
I have been awarded a 'Beca Leonardo' from the BBVA Foundation to compose a chamber opera based on Adolfo Bioy Casares' novel 'The Invention of Morel'. It will be my second opera after Aufbruch, premiered in 2019 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin.
For further information: https://www.redleonardo.es/beneficiario/josep-planells-schiaffino/
Commissioned by the Orquesta y Coro Nacionales de España. Premiere by the Trio Musicalis on May 24th 2022. Auditorio Nacional de Música
Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya
Guest Professor of Composition for the academic year 2021-22. ESMUC, Barcelona
Orquestra de València
Guest Conductor of the 'Young Composers Scheme'. 28-30 September 2022. Palau de la Música, València.
Assistant to Josep Pons. April-June 2023. Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona
La invención de Morel
Work in progress
chamber opera in 13 scenes after a libretto of Deborah Kötting
for soprano (Violetta), tenor (Friedrich), baritone (Hans), 2 dancers, 2 actors and ensemble
(1/1/1/1 - 1/1/1/1 - Perc(2) - Pno/Hp - 2/1/1/1)
for orchestra (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/2/1 - Timp/Perc (2) – Pno/Cel/Acc/Hp - 6/6/4/4/2)
for orchestra (4/3/4/3 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/Perc (4) – Pno/Cel/Hp - 14/12/10/8/6)
for orchestra (3/3/3/3 - 4/3/3/1 - Timp/Perc (2) – Hp - 12/10/8/6/4)
for orchestra (2/2/2/2 - 2/2/2/0 - Timp/Perc (2) – 12/10/8/6/4)
for 10 musicians (1/0/1/0 - 0/1/1/0 - 2 Perc -Cel- 1/0/1/1)
for ensemble (1/1/1/1 - 1/0/0/0 - Perc - 2/1/1/1)
for 11 musicians (0/2/0/0 - 1/1/0/0 - Timp – 2/1/2/1)
version for piano and 5 instruments (Fl/Cl/Vl/Vc/Perc)
for ensemble (1/1/1/1 - 1/1/1/1- Perc/Pno - 2/1/1/1)
for 8 musicians (1/0/1/0 - 0/0/0/0 - Perc/Pno - 2/1/1)
SOLO & CHAMBER MUSIC
for piano trio
for tenor saxophone, drum set, double bass and piano
for soprano and piano
for string quartet
for wind quintet and piano
for cello and piano
for saxophone quartet
for violin and piano
for brass trio
for violin, cello and piano
for wind quintet
Stade du miroir
for 2 sopranos, 2 saxophones and percussion
for string quartet
Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken, Roland Kluttig
Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra,
Talking about "Torna"
WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Baldur Brönnimann
Orquesta Nacional de España, Anja Bihlmaier
Bartók & Debussy on rehearsal
Bartók's 2nd Violin concerto and Debussy's Khamma
Lachenmann's ,,...zwei Gefühle..."
Danubia Orchestra Óbuda, Helmut Lachenmann
Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company meets Ensemble Modern
Ensemble Modern (Jacopo Godani, choreography).
Music: Johannes Schöllhorn
Die Zauberflöte (teaser)
Teatre Principal de Palma de Mallorca, Orquestra Simfònica de Les Illes Balears
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